The BSF men evacuated 140 people from Ghanie-Ke Bet village situated across the Ravi river at Dera Baba Nanak to the mainland by using motor boats. However, some other villagers preferred to stay back at their houses. Nine villages, including Ghanie-Ke Bet across the Ravi were cut off from the country, but the administration had brought residents to safer places. This was stated by deputy commissioner Abhinav Trikha while addressing a press conference on Saturday.
He said under an alert issued by him, people mainly Gujjars living between the banks of the Beas and Ravi rivers and the dhussi (katcha embankment) in the district were evacuated and asked to stay on the bank along the rivers. He admitted that the standing paddy crop between river banks and dhussi bundh besides certain pockets had been inundated. The DC said he would get the loss assessed after the water level recedes. The paddy crop on 4,500 acres of land was inundated in 27 villages of the district. The DC said the discharge in the Beas and Ravi rivers was in a controlled capacity.